SBA touts Colorado’s amazing small business success stories

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, left, and Dan Nordberg, right, the regional director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VIII, with the winners of the Colorado Small Business Persons of the Year award, Margot Langstaff and Elisa Hamill with LifeHealth in Littleton. The Colorado-based company provides a range of clinical health services. (SOS photo)

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At an awards ceremony Wednesday in Centennial,  Dan Nordberg, regional director of the SBA’s District VIII, emphasized the impact of small businesses and the SBA in the state.

“Over the last 64 years more than 70,000 Colorado companies have financed their American dream using the SBA’s funding programs,” he said.

The ceremony was part of National Small Business Week, which includes local business events and workshops throughout the state. In addition, each state hands out awards and some recipients are honored at an event in Washington, D.C.

“It was heartwarming to see the successs of these great businesses.  More than a million Coloradans work for the more than 600,000 Colorado small businesses,” noted Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. “Our office works hard to provide common sense easy filings for every business and nonprofit across the state.”

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El Paso County leads in same-day voter registration

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman talks to a solider waiting to vote at Fort Carson on Election Day. (EPC photo)
El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman talks to a solider waiting to vote at Fort Carson on Election Day. (EPC photo)

More Coloradans took advantage of Colorado’s same-day registration law in El Paso County than any other county in the state although Denver was close behind.

In all, 17,876 Coloradans registered to vote on Nov. 8. Of that, 2,587 were from El Paso County and 2,465 were from Denver County, according to data from the Colorado Secretary of State.

“We’re extremely happy that people were passionate enough to come out on Election Day,” said El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman.

He said El Paso County experienced long lines on Election Day and he and his staff distributed cookies, water and pizza to voters, some of whom didn’t get to cast their vote until around 10 p.m.

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El Paso County clerk to open office at Fort Carson

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams(Carol Lawrence, The Gazette/Special to the SOS)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (Carol Lawrence, The Gazette/Special to the SOS)

Fort Carson on Thursday will become one of the few — if not the only — military post where a clerk-and-recorder’s office is operating on base.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman will be on hand for the grand opening.

Having a clerk’s office on base will allow Fort Carson’s military personnel, staff, contractors and retired military a convenient location to register to vote, record an official document, get a marriage license, obtain a driver’s license and title their vehicle, among other services. Others are welcome to visit the office after getting a day pass at Gate 1.

“When I was out running for office I heard people say, ‘How come governments don’t work together?'” Williams said. “Well, this is a case where government worked together.”

In addition to the clerk’s office, the Mountain Post Soldier Center, as it is called, also will offer an array of services for those stationed at Fort Carson.

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